Miosotis Familia, a 12-year veteran of the force, was shot in the head … She was the first female New York Police Department officer killed
A Bronx street is renamed for the 12-year veteran and mother of three.
One year after the fatal shooting of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, the department honored her life and mourned her death by renaming the street on Thursday in front of the Bronx precinct where she worked.
In a poignant and emotional ceremony on Thursday, her daughter Genesis Villella, wearing a small replica of her mother’s shield around her neck, said Familia was the “embodiment of strength” and “couldn’t bear the thought of something happening” to people who she didn’t necessarily know, yet still inherently cared about.
Villella then watched, along with her two siblings, as the blue street sign with her mother’s name was unveiled on Ryer Avenue in front of the 46th Precinct as an NYPD helicopter flew overhead.
“One day my mom shared with me that she truly believed that being a police officer was her calling. She would tell me that she really believed that she was making a difference,” Villella said, adding: “And my mom loved us, and she loved our family, but she also loved New Yorkers, she loved her city.”
Familia, 48, a 12-year veteran and mother of three, was fatally shot through the window of an NYPD mobile command vehicle on July 5, 2017, in Fordham Heights. The man who killed her, Alexander Bonds, was killed by responding officers after he brandished a revolver.